Hawksmoor: The Burger.

Just when I thought it wasn’t possible to love Hawksmoor and their great hunks o’meat any more than I already do, they start turning out burgers. At present only available as a lunchtime special, the burger is a true gift to the city business men and ladies what lunch. With the luxury of a week day off however, Chris and I hopped on the number 78 to Shoreditch to sample their latest carnivorous creation – the result of some serious experimentation with numerous different cuts of beef, cheeses and buns.

Yesterday was a sunny day in London and I was therefore excitable anyway. Couple this with the anticipation of tasting what I had built up in my head as the best burger of my life and I needed some calming down. We decided the only thing for it was to sink a couple of my beloved Brew Dog Punk IPA’s but tragically they had run dry. This did present an opportunity to try a frosty glass of Proof Pilsen instead though, which was very pleasant – grassy, slightly hoppy and very importantly, ice cold. I also seriously covet those beer glasses.

Now, onto the important bit. The burger is a combination of lean longhorn beef mixed with a mixture of fattier cuts and (be still my beating heart), little nuggets of bone marrow heaven, for extra unctuous rich flavour goodness. Just like their steaks, the meat was juicy, deep with beefy flavour, sporting a fantastic crusty charring and a damn good unapologetic seasoning.

The bun is, I am relieved to report, in the traditional, sesame seeded, soft style (I am not a fan of messing around with the bun, it shows a lack of confidence in the rest of the burger in my opinion), although Hawksmoor have actually managed to improve on this style too, by using a semi-sweet brioche – all glazed and pretty to boot.

The other burger components are well thought out too – a slight hint of mild, American style mustard coming through in the mayo, super fresh salad of crunchy little gem lettuce, beef tomato, finely sliced red onion and thankfully, pickles. To me, a burger without pickles is incomplete. These were not too wet, not too vinegary and not too small. I am a little sad to report that the carefully chosen Oggleshield cheese was unavailable yesterday, so we had to settle for the emergency cheddar instead. It was totally lost in the burger unfortunately, not enough tang to foil the rich meat patty but obviously Hawksmoor know this, or they wouldn’t have dismissed it in the first place.

They do have the courtesy to give you a knife and fork although I only used them to cut through the burger and provide you with this totally out of focus cross section shot. Sorry about that. Otherwise, the cutlery lay spotless at the side of my plate as I tucked into the burger in the proper manner – with my hands and with gusto.

If I was to make any attempt at a grumble with this burger, I did feel at the time it was but a whisker over cooked. Although, it really looks perfectly nice and pink in this picture. I am as confused by this as you probably are. It is served with a choice of little gem salad or triple cooked chips. Naturally, I ordered the latter. Fluffy within, crispy without, again – not shy with the seasoning. I love them because they remind me of those chips you start to find as you reach the bottom of the paper, the really crispy, salty, naughty ones. A good home made ketchup also comes as standard.

At £15, the burger isn’t cheap, it is downright expensive, but then it is also not far from perfect and I can safely say it is the best I have eaten in London. For me, it is a vast improvement on Hache, where I have issues with the saucing and the bun. Hawksmoor, please accept my whole hearted thanks for finally raising the London burger bar.

Hawksmoor
157 Commercial Street
London
E1 6BJ

0207 247 7392

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Category: Burgers, Restaurant Reviews 21 comments »

21 Responses to “Hawksmoor: The Burger.”

  1. Chris

    Brilliant. You also reminded me of the fantastic chilled beer mugs they use there. Attention to detail – that’s the key.

    Chriss last blog post..The Hoxton Pony, Shoreditch

  2. TheBoyDoneFood

    Love it, looking forward to it… I must be the last to try it…

    TheBoyDoneFoods last blog post..Proper

  3. Lizzie

    Want want want want want.

    It’s almost worth taking a day off to go there…

    Lizzies last blog post..Pickled Cucumber

  4. Oliver Thring

    This IS a tasty burger!

    Oliver Thrings last blog post..Zum See, Zermatt, Switzerland

  5. The Graphic Foodie

    Yeah, I’m with you on the pickle front and often get everyone elses share as the majority of people pick them out… their loss!

    The Graphic Foodies last blog post..REVIEW: Bill’s Produce Store, Brighton

  6. Helen Yuet Ling Pang

    Must get over there one day for lunch! It looks fantastic!

    Helen Yuet Ling Pangs last blog post..The Providores & Tapa Room – London, England (8.5/10)

  7. Niamh

    Oh, I can’t wait to try this!! YUM! Lucky you.

    Niamhs last blog post..February Roundup!

  8. Heather

    I’d punch a kid for that burger. Only in the stomach, though. I’d stay away from the face.

    Heathers last blog post..Sweet potato salad with green tomato pickle relish

  9. Helen

    You gotta stay away from the face Heather, move in fast – take em out like lightning. It’s worth it, seriously – there’s marrow in there.

  10. Dan

    Hawksmoor, love it. Best steak I’ve ever eaten. I’d heard about the new burgers – but that’s the first pic I’ve seen of one and they do look very impressive. (although, you could argue they ought to for £15!) pity they’re available lunchtime only…I work just a little bit too far from there for a lunch visit.

    Dans last blog post..Sunday Lunch at ‘The Gun’

  11. Angela @ A Spoonful of Sugar

    Wow! That is a statuesque burger! And, joy of joys, it isn’t totally overcooked. (The less said about the burger I had on Saturday the better…)

  12. Christie @ Fig & Cherry

    Brilliant review Helen! I’ll have to check it out when I get back there in May… mmm triple cooked chips!

    Christie @ Fig & Cherrys last blog post..St. Paddy’s inspired breakfast parfait

  13. Just Cook It

    I just made that noise Homer makes. ‘Mmmm, burgers. *drool*’

    Just Cook Its last blog post..Cashew Nut Butter and ‘Live Blogging’

  14. Allen of EOL

    What a beautiful piece of meat! Is it wrong that I am drooling over this and wanting it for breakfast? YUM.

  15. celine

    i’m with Allen – I want this for breakfast. And lunch, and dinner. Never been to Hawksmoor but I think it’s about time I made a trip. xx

    celines last blog post..Spring Pancakes

  16. Jeanne

    Wowee – now that’s a comprehensive buirger review!! It really is time I visited Hawksmoor…

    Jeannes last blog post..My perfect gift…

  17. youngandfoodish

    Great review, Helen, and superbly framed profile shot of the burger. The Hawksmoor should send you a dozen roses or, better still, reassurance that the burger will become a permanent menu fixture.

    youngandfoodishs last blog post..Gibraltar, San Francisco’s cult coffee, comes to London

  18. Kang

    I still haven’t paid a visit yet and I think I really need to go soon. The burger recipe sounds delish with the bone marrow bits, really great pictures again by the way!

    Kangs last blog post..[Guest post] Storming into Tsunami

  19. Charles

    Ugh you know what! I went and had the burger a couple of weeks ago and they’d run out of Punk IPA too! Luckily the burger was the best I’ve ever eaten so I let them off.

  20. Paid For Pictures

    I really enjoy reading Hawksmoor: The Burger. — Food Stories . It’s very interesting. Hope you will post something like this again.

  21. Tasty Burger Recipes

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